The World Agroforestry Centre operates under the authority of a legally constituted Board, charged with overall responsibility for the work of the Centre. The Board has diverse skills in the areas of agroforestry science, business management and accountancy. The Board meets twice a year, in April and November.
The Board of Trustees plays a number of crucial roles:
- Legal: ensuring the best interests of the Centre and its stakeholders.
- Functional: participating in policy setting, delegating responsibility to Centre management and evaluating and overseeing performance.
- Symbolic: assuring stakeholders and securing their goodwill.
Currently the Board has six standing committees: Executive Committee; Programme Committee; Audit and Risk Management Committee; Finance and Resource Mobilisation Committee; Nominations and Governance Committee; and Operations Committee.